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New York Giants’ David Wilson Says One Final Emotional Goodbye: Video

August 6th, 2014 at 2:00 PM
By Dan Benton

As the New York Giants gathered for media hour on Wednesday, running back David Wilson was the first to take the podium for his very final goodbye. And in typical Wilson fashion, he was very positive, upbeat and even-keeled. And then he wasn't. As his press conference wound down and Wilson began to thank his coaches and teammates, for the very first time, he broke down into tears.

Although Wilson classified them as "tears of joy," it was clearly a moment of realization for the young man. His NFL career was over.

Still, as Wilson gathered and composed himself, he made sure the message was a positive one. And at only 23-years-old, the former All-Pro kick returner offered some words of wisdom that we can all live by.

"Even if one dream seems to fade away, set another goal; set another dream and try to reach that," Wilson said. "Life will knock you down sometimes. And when life knocks you down, plan to land on your back because if you can look up you can get up. If you fall flat on your face, that can kill your spirit.

"So far I can look up and I plan on getting up. And living my dream and setting another one."

In his post-career, Wilson plans to remain a Giants fan — plans to continue watching all of his teammates and friends from across the league. And that, he says, is where he'll continue to find some of his greatest joy.

"I'll be watching my teammates this year and forever, wishing them the best," Wilson added. "And every time I watch a Giants game or football game, and I see people playing I actually had a chance to meet, I want to see them go onto the field and see them try to be great because it can be taken away. So every Sunday or Thursday or Monday, I want to them do great, be great and push themselves. That's where my joy will come from."

And with that, it was over. A tremendously promising career for a positive, bright young man comes to an end entirely too early.

God speed, Mr. Wilson. And thank you for being a Giant.


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4 Responses to “New York Giants’ David Wilson Says One Final Emotional Goodbye: Video”

  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

    well, can’t help but feel sorry for this kid. But, I respect his Positive outlook.

      •  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

        I don’t know – he missed his dream but he had what millions of poverty stricken kids will never come near having and he leaves a multi millionaire with his head held high.

        •  fanfor55years says:

          This is 100% correct, so he’s actually a very lucky young man to have been born with the right genes and then made use of them. But on a human level, seeing a dream end is always sad. And perhaps his philosophical musings may inspire a few of those kids who want to work their way out of horrid circumstances even when the way seems very difficult and fraught with obstacles.

          If someone like me says this stuff to a kid in the ghetto, or out in the rural poverty in Texas or West Virginia, it means very little. They figure I don’t know what their world is like and that I had the advantages of skin color and networks that they don’t. When David Wilson says it, perhaps it will make a difference. Perhaps there IS a plan for him, and perhaps the effect he can have on the strivers out there will be more satisfying than all of the touchdowns he would have made.

          He, himself, leaves with a leg up, good fortune, and having had great experiences that may well open doors for him down the road. But he also leaves perhaps inspiring a lot of kids to reach for a dream, and get back up when hard knocks find them, and dream again. That would be a fate many of us would welcome.

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